Media Releases

Warnings from departing police officers must not go unheeded

NZPA | Mon April 15th, 2013

Comments from departing Taranaki police officer Grant Coward that budget cuts were disheartening police, and could lead to crime increases, echo the sorts of warnings that went unheeded in the late 1990s with disastrous consequences, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Crime drop reflects excellent police work

NZPA | Mon April 1st, 2013

Big drops in recorded crime reflect the hard work and dedication of police officers and non-constabulary support staff, even at a time when they are under pressure from restructuring, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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PITT training changes a necessary evil

NZPA | Mon March 25th, 2013

Changes to Police Integrated Tactical Training (PITT) mean more than a third of constabulary police will not be trained to use firearms or Tasers, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Budget constraints underpin staff cuts, stations closures

NZPA | Wed March 13th, 2013

Cuts to budgets and non-constabulary support positions underpin station closure or hours/service reduction proposals not only in Auckland and the Hutt Valley, but around New Zealand, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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IPCA Taser report shows context is key

NZPA | Wed March 13th, 2013

An Independent Police Conduct Authority Report, released today, which finds Police Taser use against a man in Christchurch in 2010 was justified, should serve as a reminder that media and the public need to be wary about jumping to conclusions before the full circumstances and context of an incident are understood, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Mobile technology rollout welcome

NZPA | Tue February 12th, 2013

The rollout of mobile technology will boost effectiveness of frontline police, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Alleged party assault: await outcome of inquiries

NZPA | Tue February 12th, 2013

Inquiries will establish how a 15-year old girl was injured at an out-of-control party in Howick, and speculation in the meantime is unhelpful, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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WOF changes will require more police

NZPA | Sun January 27th, 2013

The decision to reduce warrant of fitness frequency for newer vehicles is welcome, but increased police roadside enforcement will require more staff – not just more money, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Protest violence unacceptable

NZPA | Sat December 8th, 2012

The use of violence by a small minority of protesters in Auckland yesterday to attract media attention is a predictable, but completely unacceptable tactic, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Star-Times sensationalism ‘headline-grabbing at its worst’

NZPA | Sun December 2nd, 2012

The Sunday Star-Times’ story Cops’ mistake may have cost P-maker’s life (2 December 2012) is an example of sensationalist headline-grabbing at its very worst.

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Throwing out charges punishes public, not Police

NZPA | Tue October 23rd, 2012

The High Court’s decision to stay prosecution of 21 alleged serious organised criminals is disproportionate and unjustified, and the public will be the real losers from the decision, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police trust survey lacks credibility

NZPA | Mon October 15th, 2012

The Police Association will not be commenting on the Horizon Research poll on trust in police, due to its apparent links to a campaign being run by a Wellington PR consultant, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Cutting staff doesn't make work go away

NZPA | Tue October 9th, 2012

Cutting another 45 non-constabulary Police jobs will just add to the mounting pressure on the organisation – pressure which ultimately risks driving Police back to the crises of the late 1990s, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Crime drop shows investment in Police works

NZPA | Sun September 30th, 2012

The fall in the crime rate to record lows shows what can be achieved through investment in Police, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Fri September 28th, 2012

This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect.

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Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year awarded

NZPA | Thu August 23rd, 2012

Rugby world champion Black Fern Fiao'o Faamausili has taken out the 2011 NZ Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year award.

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Correction to Radio NZ story of 13 July 2012

NZPA | Mon July 16th, 2012

The host of the 'Panel' segment of Radio New Zealand's 'Afternoons' show on 13 July 2012 incorrectly attributed criticism of retiring Whangarei Area Commander Paul Dimery to the Police Association.  In fact, the criticism came from the Police Managers' Guild.  The Police Association, in direct contrast, has been highly supportive of Mr Dimery speaking out.

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Cutting staff doesn't make work go away

NZPA | Fri May 18th, 2012

Police Association President Greg O’Connor reacted with dismay to the Commissioner’s announcement today that non-sworn support staff would be cut from Police as part of efforts to meet savings targets over the next year.

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Association welcomes new Police Minister

NZPA | Sun December 11th, 2011

The Police Association today congratulated Hon Anne Tolley on her appointment as Minister of Police.

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Courage under fire honoured with awards

NZPA | Tue November 15th, 2011

The outstanding bravery of two Christchurch police officers, who likely saved the life of a shot and wounded colleague, will be honoured today, as the Police Association presents New Zealand Police Association Bravery Awards to Constable Mike Wardle and former constable Marty Stiles.

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RWC fan zones not target of major event cost recovery

NZPA | Tue October 18th, 2011

Police should consider cost recovery for providing a police presence at future commercial events which are run on a ‘for profit’ basis, because diverting police to such events reduces police availability to serve the wider community, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Police Association launches 2011 law and order policies

NZPA | Mon October 17th, 2011

The Police Association today released its 2011 policy document, Towards a Safer New Zealand, at a launch function hosted by the Minister of Police at Parliament.

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Select committee has already considered surveillance law change

NZPA | Tue September 20th, 2011

Those expressing concern that video surveillance law might be passed without appropriate public scrutiny need to understand that the Justice and Electoral Select Committee has already examined the issue and heard numerous public and expert submissions on it, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Urgent surveillance law change welcomed

NZPA | Mon September 19th, 2011

The Police Association today welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement that the Government will pass urgent law to authorise Police use of covert video surveillance.

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Supreme Court ruling means urgent law change needed

NZPA | Fri September 16th, 2011

The Supreme Court’s ruling that Police have no legal authority to use video surveillance to gather evidence, which led to the withdrawal of several charges laid in relation to Operation Eight, means an urgent law change is needed to allow Police to continue to act against drug dealers and organised crime, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year

NZPA | Thu September 15th, 2011

Talented athlete and first female Commonwealth Games wrestling representative Sian Law from Wellington, is the 2010 recipient of the NZ Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year award.

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UN report confirms ‘P’ problem is now an organised crime problem

NZPA | Thu September 15th, 2011

The United Nations 2011 Global ATS (amphetamine-type stimulant) Assessment report confirms that New Zealand’s ‘P’ problem is now an organised crime problem, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Police Association welcomes new Vice-President

NZPA | Wed April 6th, 2011

A special conference of the Police Association in Wellington today elected Mr Luke Shadbolt as its new Vice-President.

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More police, less crime

NZPA | Thu March 31st, 2011

Big drops in recorded crime in 2010 are a direct result of investment in police resources in recent years, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association applauds Nelson gang bust

NZPA | Thu March 10th, 2011

The Police Association today congratulated Police on “knocking over” the Nelson-based Red Devils organised crime group.

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